Speak Up for Important Federal Water Protections
From Audubon's Action Center:
"In the past year, Floridians have suffered devastating impacts from toxic algal blooms and red tide, threatening economic vitality and human and ecological health. There are many factors contributing to these blooms, including too many nutrients, overdrainage, and destruction of wetlands. Scientists have repeatedly confirmed the role wetlands play in cleansing water, storing water, and recharging aquifers.
On the heels of today’s celebration of World Water Day, the EPA has proposed dropping huge acreages of wetlands, streams, and lakes from receiving federal Clean Water Act protections. The protections are in the “Waters of the U.S. Rule” (WOTUS), and the proposed changes would further weaken protections of critical wetland habitats for species like the endangered Wood Stork. The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers should be strengthening, not weakening protections!"